What is it like to live in St. Louis, MO?
I was born in St. Louis, still have dozens of relatives living in the area, lived there 26 years and still visit at least once a year.
Weather: In the summer -- hotter, more humid & air more ozone-lazen than that found in all seven layers of Hell. That's why air conditioning in STL is not an option; it's a necessity as much as heat is in Minneapolis.
The rest of the year, not bad, especially spring & fall. Those seasons are lovely and pleasant — best times to visit.
Winters can be a pain because STL is often in the border area between snow to the north & rain to the south. That means ICE, which you can't do a flipping thing with (no sledding, skiing, curling, etc.) Major snowstorms cause life to come to a standstill for days due to lack of people and proper equipment to get out there and remove it quickly; therefore owning a 4-wheel-drive vehicle is advantageous, especially in the city itself, where side streets and alleys don’t get plowed at all.
Vibe: Conservative, segregated and very Catholic, especially in the southern suburbs.
The greater metro area of approximately 2 million is conservative once one gets outside the city limits, especially in southern suburbs and points south of that in Jefferson County. This is an area where much of the city’s White Flight settled. The other White Flight bedroom community whose population has been growing faster than any other part of the state is St. Charles County, the county north of St. Louis County.
If you have an advanced degree and your politics are anywhere left of center you’ll probably be happiest living inside the city limits. There are still plenty of nice, reasonably safe and economical neighborhoods to live in there. If you’ve got money to burn, the City’s Central West End will please you as will the suburban corridor that travels due west of the city to Clayton, Ladue etc. The further west you go the more Republican it gets. It will be more of the old money style economic Republicans in the mold of presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, not Pres. Trump.
Cost of living: The best thing about living here. From gasoline to real estate, the St. Louis metro area boasts some of the lowest prices in the nation, compared to other major metro areas. But be advised that the area also features lower-than-average salaries and wages, too.
Arts & Entertainment scene: St. Louis can easily hold its own among U.S. metropolises with its sports franchises, botanical garden, museums, music scene, zoo etc. Just pick up a copy of The Riverfront Timesto get the latest news about arts and entertainment.